Love in the Time of Taffeta

Author: Eugenie Olson

Publisher: Avon Trade

Release Date: April 1, 2006

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: PRINT

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Iley Gilbert has been a photographer for nine years, but her career is currently at a standstill. To pay the bills, she takes one dead-end temp job after another. She wants to show her pictures in a real art gallery, but her latest work has been called dull and uninspired. She knows that she has lost the drive and motivation that she once had.

When she sees an ad looking for a photographer's assistant, Iley finds herself with a new part-time job: shooting prom pictures. She doesn't think much of the work itself until she meets William, her hunky boss. He is married, but Iley can't fight the obvious attraction. As they capture images of kids in their prom outfits, Iley and William begin a steamy affair.

Iley knows what she is doing is wrong, and she makes a series of questionable choices. Then, she meets a mystery girl at several proms, and Iley's life takes another complicated turn. Add a cute and single teacher to the mix, and it is almost too much for Iley to handle. Iley needs to find her focus before her life spins out of control.

LOVE IN THE TIME OF TAFFETA is a great book despite its awkward title. (Does Gabriel Garcia Marquez ring a bell with anyone?) Author Eugenie Olson offers intriguing, complicated characters. Iley Gilbert isn't the most sympathetic character in the world. She isn't perfect, and that's what I liked about her. Iley is a 31-year-old woman who is old enough to know better but still young enough to be impulsive.

Iley is a woman at a crossroads. She battles the moral dilemma of her affair while attempting to energize her stagnant photography career. Any writer or artist will be able to relate with Iley's growing frustrations and moments of self-doubt.

LOVE IN THE TIME OF TAFFETA offers crisp prose and lively dialogue. Some readers might be put off by the main character being involved in an extra-marital affair. Leave your judgments at the door, and read this book. Author Eugenie Olson's writing style is fresh and engaging, and I look forward to reading more of her works.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Hana K.

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